Personal Choices and the Planet

This Personal Choices and the Planet lesson plan also includes:

The last activity in the series of four has individuals determine steps they can take to reduce their carbon footprints and then analyze their schools' recycling programs. Through a sustainability audit, they identify how and where their schools can lower their carbon footprints and in groups, present their findings to their teachers, principals, parents, or schools. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Involve the principal in the audits by having groups meet with him/her to share their collected data
  • For groups to be most effective, keep them at two to three pupils
Classroom Considerations

  • Amount of time to research, levels of classes, and length of presentations all affect the duration of this activity
Pros

  • Lesson provides the audit checklists, background information, individual worksheets, a rubric for presentations, and links to other useful websites
  • Great activity to get classes thinking beyond themselves and how their communities can change for the better
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS